So, you want to find out more about guns and shooting, but you’re not sure where to start? Well, you’ve came to the right place!

As much fun as the shooting sports are, getting started in any sport can be both frustrating and intimidating…. Especially if you don’t have a friend or family member to help guide you. Many people (including a few of us here at Michigan Shooting Centers) weren’t lucky enough to have grown up learning about shooting and hunting. So if you feel a little overwhelmed as you start out, rest assured you’re not alone.

You’ll be surprised at how quickly you catch on, too. The difference between rifles and revolvers, calibers and grains, centerfire and rimfire will all be easily understandable in no time. And there’s always plenty of places to turn if you need more information.

There’s nothing like the thrill and excitement of hitting a bullseye, knocking a clay target out of the sky, or taking that first shot at your first covey of quail. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked on shooting and hunting forever!

Step 1

Decide what type of shooting you would like to learn.

• Hunting

• Target Shooting

• Personal Protection

Step 2

Decide what type of firearm you’d like to shoot.

• Handgun (used for hunting, paper target shooting, and personal protection)

• Rifle (used for hunting and paper target shooting)

• Shotgun (used mostly for hunting and clay target shooting)

Step 3

Visit the range with a friend who has experience. Or, even better, contact us and arrange a one hour introductory lesson with an instructor.

When visiting the range, remember to bring eye protection and ear protection. Don’t have any? No problem! Everything you might need can be purchased at the range. Don’t feel compelled to purchase a firearm before you are ready. Our staff has a wealth of knowledge on what might be the best fit for you, your budget and your goals. Get the advice of others and take a lesson or two before you make any big purchases.

Step 4

Purchase the gun you want to shoot.

Once you’ve decided on the type of gun you want, it’s time to go buy it. We recommend you visit the firearm store at Bald Mountain. We have a large selection, including firearms made specifically for female and youth shooters. Let us known that you’re a new shooter and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The gun you buy should be one that you are comfortable with.

Step 5

Get oriented with your new purchase.

The next step is to practice at home with your new gun, UNLOADED. Be sure to observe all safety rules. You want to get comfortable with your gun. Several hours of safe dry-mounting practice will be helpful in making you feel less self-conscious and nervous. It’ll also help you to build consistency in your mount or draw.

Step 6

Practice, practice, practice.

Don’t just put your gun away and forget about it! Go to the range and practice, at least once a week. In order to continue feeling comfortable with your gun, you should use it on a regular basis. The fastest route to improvement is to regularly schedule lessons with an instructor.

Step 7


Once you’re comfortable with your fundamentals, consider joining a league or participating in a tournament. A little friendly competition is a great way to improve and to meet new people!